Friday, April 27, 2007

Two Girls Kissing? Let's Go to the Tape

At a high school near my home (and where I've spoken several times), administrators found that the cafeteria surveylance camera had captured two girls kissing.

So what did they do? They showed the tape to the girls' parents. Now one girl has been removed from school and supposedly sent off to an anti-gay private school.
"It wasn't a violation of policy and procedure ... but we all agree it was not a good use of surveillance," Schellenberg said. "It was an abnormal use of our equipment and it won't happen again. This is not a Big Brother institution."

Even so, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington said the group plans to look into the matter.

"I have a hard time believing this incident would've been handled the same way if it was a heterosexual couple," said spokesman Doug Honig.
Ya think?

Despite everything else this is, it's also a reminder to teens that there is no presumption of privacy when it comes to blogging and PDAs. In other words: your parents might find out.